Haiti Earthquake Response

Haiti Earthquake Response


We will post updated news on this page as we receive it. You can also find links to all the information that we currently have on the website about the situation in Haiti below, as well as information about making gifts through Week of Compassion, One Great Hour of Sharing or Global Ministries: 

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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010, leaving widespread devastation. Up to 3 million people have been affected by the quake and buildings throughout the capital of Port-au-Prince have collapsed, including the presidential palace and the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Various news sources claim widespread casualties and destruction throughout the island.

The leaders of our two main UCC and Disciples partners in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Patrick and Francoise Viller and Polycarpe Joseph are safe, as well as our missionary family serving in Haiti, Kim and Patrick Bentrott along with their son Solomon. The Bentrott’s returen to the United States on Saturday, January 23. Please visit the Bentrott’s blog for updated information: http://www.kimandpatrick.blogspot.com/ 

Patrick Villier is a member of the Common Global Ministries Board (CGMB) and the president of the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH), a grassroots movement of 6,000 plus congregations and our largest partner in Haiti for almost three decades. The six story CONASPEH headquarters building which houses the school, seminary and nursing institute has been flattened by the earthquake. 20 or so of the nursing students were tragically trapped inside.

In an e-mail received on January 18, 2010 at 4:35pm, Patrick Villier says the following: “As you know, Haiti and CONASPEH are in a bad situation as everything seem to be against it or the people, but you are always behind us.  We are not afraid neither surprised of your love, concern, solidarity. As a matter of fact, that make us strong. we have churches of God around the world that are praying for us. Despite the problems, we know God is in control of our sadness. For this moment, we are looking to establish contacts with the leaders of churches, parents or the others who need emergency help. Our national commitee’s members are alive. Our second purpose is to rebuild CONASPEH CENTER, as hope for the haitian churches, children, women and the country. Please keep your faith and courage because Haiti needs all of you more than ever.”

Concerning CONASPEH, David Vargas, Co-Executive of Global Ministries said: “CONASPEH is serving grassroots congregations among the poorest of the poor. Many of those congregations will be devastated. Haiti has been a top priority for Global Ministries in our Critical Presence emphasis. At this moment, it is very important that we as Disciples and UCC step up to meet God’s people and creation at the point of deepest need. In all my years in Global Ministries, I can say that this situation is probably the “deepest need” we have experienced as we walk with our partners. Thank you for keeping CONASPEH and the people of Haiti in your prayers.”

CONESPEH is also home to 150 Global Ministries sponsored children. Linda Lawrence, program administrator of the Child Sponsorship Program, said hundreds of the nearly 600 children at the center are still in need of sponsorship following hurricanes in 2008 and this latest disaster.

Polycarpe Joseph is the Director of the House of Hope, a program that benefits children laboring as domestic servants. Polycarpe sent us this e-mail message on January 14 at 11:11am: “For the moment it is impossible to assess the quantity of deaths but there must be between 100 and 250,000. At the moment, our collaborators are trying to find out the situation of each of our beneficiaries. The situation is critical. Our facilities have been damaged. People are scared, hungry and thirsty, people have no more homes and live in the streets. We need a lot of prayers and support.”

Haiti Recommended Reading List
Haiti PowerPoint Update: Kim and Patrick Bentrott – February 10, 2010
Haiti PowerPoint Update: Felix Ortiz- February 6, 2010
Haiti Press Release from Global Ministries – January 29, 2010
Worship Resources for Haiti
Latest information on the Tennessee Disciples group
Latest information on Kim and Patrick Bentrott
Letter from Felix Ortiz, Global Ministries Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean
Letter from UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black and Wider Church Ministries Executive Minister and Global Ministries co-executive Cally Rogers-Witte
Letter from Todd Adams, the Associate General Minister and Vice President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pastoral letter to congregations who have worked in Haiti by Rev. Joseph A. Weaks of Raytown Christian Church
Pastoral letter from M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ
Expressions of solidarity with the People of Haiti from International Partners
Letter from Viann Bristow, President of the Disciples National Convocation
A Message to Individuals and Groups who want to go to Haiti

We encourage Disciples and UCC to make gifts through our two denominations’ primary emergency relief funds: One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) and Week of Compassion (WOC). Funds from OGHS and WOC already have been channeled through the Global Ministries Latin America and Caribbean Office to our denominational partners, CONASPEH and House of Hope, and this will continue. OGHS and WOC also are sending funds through our ecumenical partners, such as Church World Service (four Global Ministries staff are on the CWS board) and Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, the largest global alliance of Christian humanitarian agencies in the world. Global Ministries also is sending funds to CONASPEH and House of Hope from donations that we have received directly.

Please follow the links below to give for Haiti:

OGHS Haiti Earthquake Appeal
OGHS Haiti Earthquake Updates

WoC Haiti Earthquake Appeal
WoC Haiti Earthquake Updates

Global Ministries Special GivingKids to Kids Special Project
Info on Haiti Assistance Tax Relief Act or to give to Haiti Critical Presence 2010

Another way to help is to assemble and send emergency kits — there is an URGENT need for more CWS hygiene and baby kits — our ecumenical warehouse in New Windsor, MD has been emptied already — please go to Church World Service Kits for a list of items needed for the kits – We know how often people want to do something “hands on” in a time like this – this is a GREAT and truly helpful way to do so.

 – Haiti’s Babies gives children information about putting together and sending Baby Kits to Church World Service: www.kids2kidsmissions.org Kids to Kids is a program designed to involve elementary age children in the mission work of the church.  It was started 15 years ago by the Disciples of Christ and is now a program for children in both UCC and Disciples denominations.  The fact that the new interactive Kids to Kids web page is still under construction is not stopping us from giving our children a way to respond to the earthquake disaster in Haiti.